09 October, 2013

Two surveys point out the increase of local taxes in Angers between 2007 and 2012.

According to a survey of the Union nationale de la propriété immobilière, the property tax has increased by 25% in Angers between 2007 and 2012 what places that increase among the top ten in France. The product of that tax is used to finance the big development projects what included during that period the new Le Quai theatre, the highway bypass, the urban renovation and of course the first line of the tramway opened in 2011. That trend integrates medium annual increases of about 3.6% each during the same period.

Another survey of the Forum pour la gestion des villes indicates that the council tax with an medium annual increase is above 4% betwen the same years what would lead Angers once agin in the top ten in the ranking of French towns. The money paid on average by an Angers household would be of 1 241 € regarding the property tax and of 881 € for the council tax.

If Angers city is the main beneficiary of the resources coming from the property tax, they also go to the Conseil général de Maine-et-Loire which uses them in order to finance social allocations. The two main candidates to Angers mayor office, Frédéric Béatse, current mayor, and Christophe Béchu, president of the Conseil général, who where invited to a debate about the relationship between politicians and press, should not talk about that topic that evening, but could have to think about it during the months to come.

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